This is great, if a touch late. Now I’d love to see an authoritative overview of young adult novels that are perfect for that hungry adult crossover audience. There’s so much libraries could do to grow the grown-up fan base.
My love for Tony “Ramone” Bourdain dates to 2000, soon after the release of his career-making book, Kitchen Confidential (now in Cloud thanks to our new contract with Bloomsbury Publishing) and his foray into food television, A Cook’s Tour. As host of the Emmy Award-winning Parts Unknown, he persists in making me believe that yes, you can make it in this world as someone who refuses to eat, as he says, “a sh*t sandwich.”
Now, why am I tumbling this article here? Because it’s a great read, and moreover, we get an update on his book projects, which I know will be great:
"[H]e’s working on a follow-up to his 2012 graphic novel, Get Jiro! He’ll also publish more books via his [HarperCollins] imprint, including a memoir by Michael Ruffino, who composes the music for Parts Unknown and used to play bass in the outrageous Massachusetts rock group the Unband (“It’s the best rock-and-roll memoir ever, basically,” claims Bourdain).”
“Sjöwall and Wahlöö used an interesting technique. They would write alternate chapters individually, blending the realism and inherent tedium of police procedure with an irreverent commentary. Their brand of murder, bad weather, and social commentary continues to be very much in demand, as is evident in the success of Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbø, Karin Fossum, and Arnaldur Indriðason.”—Jeremy McGraw gives a spot-on overview of the Martin Beck series, my current obsession, over at Crime Fiction Lover. Thanks to Abby Sesselberg of Darien Library for sharing. Now I have a guide to all ten books, which I can only liken to meeting your own psyche in book form.
This news generated more heated debate on a listserv I’m on than any other publishing story I’ve tracked in recent months. DRM: what purpose does it really serve? Are comic book publishers using piracy to their advantage by dropping it?
“The Kindle HD Kids Edition is designed especially for children. It comes it 6-inch and 7-inch versions, front and rear facing cameras and a high-resolution screen. Amazon emphasizes that the Kids Edition is a high performance device and ‘is not a toy.’”—Publishers Weekly reports on the latest Amazon hardware updates. The kiddie Kindle is the most notable aspect for me. I envision children’s librarians getting slammed hard after the holidays this year. Just sayin’.
This is your annual reminder that book awards season has started. If the National Book Awards longlist announcement wasn’t enough news for you, check out the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist from Canada.
Tired of middle-aged white males leading roundups of top “disrupters”? Or maybe you just want a positive spin on the media changes in the greatest city in the world (the downfall of Time Inc. is a personal obsession of mine, as I’m a child of 1990s journalism programs).
If you’re a librarian, why should you read this list from The Toast? Because these leaders are shaping how people consume information and setting a new tone for journalism.
“Some 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30. At the same time, American readers’ relationship with public libraries is changing—with younger readers less likely to see public libraries as essential in their communities.”—
Adrienne LaFrance summarizes the latest Pew Research Center study at The Atlantic. Overall, it’s good news for us passionates in the library and publishing spaces. The rising generation is inclined to consume information and has a tendency to view the physical library as a “quiet, safe place.”
The Internet may be a kind of home to millennials (and other generations, it should probably be said), but they know there’s content of value that exists elsewhere. Library opportunity right there.
A foundation of the Latin American publishing industry that will help pave the way toward digitization of Spanish content, in case you didn’t know. I’ll be seeing them at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in December.
“Dan wanted to say that he’d learned to read in gaol. He wanted to tell her that the library had been his favorite place inside, that when he’d read As I Lay Dying he’d found a voice that made sense of time and space, that it had spoken to him more profoundly than any voice he’d ever encountered before: of how the past could not be separated from memory, of how it was not only time that change people, it was memory as well.”—
A moving ode to the redemption of reading in Christos Tsiolkas’s coming-of-age novel Barracuda, a most anticipated fall book of 2014. See the shelf in CAT for other ideas. I’ve sourced them from all over the net, plus the people I trust most.
A rising star in his native Australia, Tsiolkas first found fame with The Slap, which I plan to read in the near future based on his deft handling of youth, class, sex, and other slippery subjects in Barracuda, which very much exudes the 19th century.
How far down can shame over lost promise take a man? Very low, indeed.
I have mixed feelings about Buzzfeed, even though it’s constantly lauded as a model for 21st-century reporting from people I respect in all corners of media. Still, I have to give it to them for bringing to my attention Simon Ings, whose career-defining Dead Water comes to the Cloud via our relationship with Independent Publishers Group.
“I was interested in recounting how a long friendship between two women could endure and survive in spite of good and bad feelings, dependence and rebellion, mutual support and betrayal.”—Italian novelist Elena Ferrante on her internationally acclaimed Neapolitan Trilogy in Vogue.
“You could call Mitchell a global writer, but that does not quite capture what he is doing. It is closer to say that he is a pangaeic writer, a supercontinental writer. What is for geologists a physical fact, that the world is everywhere interconnected, bound together in a cycle of faulting and folding, rifting and drifting, erosion and uplift, is, for Mitchell, a metaphysical conviction.”—Kathryn Schulz in her much-tweeted profile of novelist David Mitchell, whose forthcoming The Bone Clocks is popping up all over prepub ordering best sellers lists.
"As e-book subscription services grow their catalogs, the age-old institution trumps all": duh. What I’m not clear on is how Amazon could ever "beat" a public library firing on all cylinders. They’re different animals.
“The first chapters of this are the best I’ve read about 9/11, because they conjure the strange and extraordinary exhilaration of those early days after the attack, the heightened sense of existence that accompanies being present at the moment the world was transformed, however tragically.”—
The Economistholds forth about Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland (2008, Pantheon), cited in several sources as one of the best examples of fiction about 9/11, first and foremost Matthew Kirschenbaum’s syllabus for his spring 2014 class, The Literature of 9/11 at the University of Maryland, College Park.
See my list of outstanding 9/11 novels in CAT. (I promise to lighten the mood in my feed soon!)
As pointed out above, the fairer sex dominated the Hugo Awards last night in London. While Macmillan’s Tor imprint took home most of the brass, Ann Leckie’s debut novel, Ancillary Justice (from Hachette’s Orbit imprint), earned the overall title of Best Novel. Not too bad.